It’s easy to clean the things you see on a daily basis, but what about the areas you don’t see? Or the things you may see all the time and just don’t realize need a good, thorough cleaning?  No matter how thorough a housekeeper you may be, there are spots in every home that are easy to overlook. They get bypassed during cleaning and grow grimier and grimier. Check out this list of areas in your home that we’ll bet you forget to clean this spring.

Remotes, Phones, & Keyboards

These three items fall into the category of things that your fingers(and everyone else’s) touch every day. Research shows that cell phones are usually dirtier than toilet seats and keyboards have the added problem of crumb infiltration (yes, I know you eat at your desk…you are probably doing it right now aren’t you?). Almost nobody is cleaning this things as often as they should.  So, how do you clean it?

First your phone; grab a microfiber cleaning cloth (the kind you’d use to clean glasses) and spray it with a 50/50 combination of distilled water and vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Wipe down your phone thoroughly, without getting it too wet. Then use a toothpick or cotton swab to dislodge anything stuck in the crevices. Don’t forget to take the case off, because odds are, a good amount of gunk and grime and built up in there.

For your remotes; You can use the same disinfectant on your remote control. Wipe with the cloth, use a cotton swab to go around the buttons, and a toothpick can help with crumbs(yes I know about the snacking).

For your keyboard: Flip the keyboard or laptop over and shake it out well…but please don’t drop your laptop while doing so.  Grab a can of compressed air and use quick bursts while the keyboard is upside down, so the dust and crumbs will fall out. Grab your handle cleaning solution and use a cotton swab to wipe anything gross off the keys. Give the whole things a quick wipe down with your cleaning solution and it’s as good as new

The Tops Of Door Frames, Bookshelves & Cabinets.

If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist, right? No, if you can’t see it, it’s probably disgustingly dirty. The tops of door frames, bookshelves, pretty much anything above your line of site are major dust collection spots. If your kitchen cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling, the tops are probably coated in a mixture of dust and sticky kitchen grease. So, how do you clean it?

Grab your vacuum, dusting tool and extension.  Give to the areas in question a once over with the vacuum first.  For door frames and bookshelves, you can just use a damp cloth to wipe down. For the greasy gunk, heat up some undiluted vinegar in the microwave, dip a rag and start scrubbing.  If that doesn’t do the trick, dry to add a few drops of dish soap to bust that stubborn grease.  If that still doesn’t work, you’ll probably have to use something like Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser.

Curtains & Blinds

Curtains and blinds are basically dust and pet fur magnets.  Over time they can become loaded and a good tap can shower all that wonderful dust down onto you.  So, how do you clean it?

Start with the vacuum. For the curtains, some fabrics can be machine washed, while others need to be hand washed and dried. Very heavy fabrics require a steamer, which you can rent.  For the blinds, after you vacuum them, if they are still grimy looking give them a bath!  Put them in the tub with some really warm water, dish soap and a little white vinegar.  Let them soak for an hour and then rinse them off with clean water.  Let them completely dry before rehanging.

Garbage Disposal

You know that your garbage disposal is disgusting, right? Think about what you put into it! Beside general grossness, it’s important to clean, because grease buildup can seriously back up your sink drains.  All that gunk can also lead to some serious sink funk. So, how do you clean it?

Start by throwing in some ice and coarse salt and then turn on the disposal to let the ice and salt remove tougher sludge and debris that has attached itself to the grinding elements. Next take an old scrub brush or toothbrush and scrub underneath the rubber flaps because those can get seriously gunked up.  Next, put the stopper in and fill up the sink with hot, soapy water.  Once the sink is 1/2-3/4 full, pull the stopper and turn on the disposal and hot water to let the soapy water do it’s thing.  If you still have some odors, try putting in a half cup of baking soda and then a cup of white vinegar.  The mixture will fizz up and bubble.  Let it sit for a few minutes then flush with hot water for a minute or two.

Toilet Brush & Holder

Wait a second, the thing you clean your dirty toilet with needs to be cleaned too??  What cleans the cleaning brush? You could just throw it away, but there are other options. So, how do you clean it?

First off, you can prevent some germ build up by spraying down the brush with disinfectant right after you use it. Close it in between the seat and rim and let it drip-dry into the toilet.  For deep cleaning, you can soak the brush and the holder in a bucket of warm water with a bit of bleach for 10-15 minutes, or you can spray them both down with disinfecting spray, let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Bleach is a harsh cleaner, but if you’re going to use it for anything, it should be the item that scrubs the inside of your toilet bowl.

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